Madagascar

Reef & Rainforest is the United Kingdom’s longest-established and most experienced specialist tour operator for Madagascar.

Our director, Alan Godwin, first went to Madagascar in 1992 when it was still a rigid communist dictatorship with few visitors, awful roads and hotels, abject poverty and clapped-out Citroen 2CVs literally held together with rubber bands. He saw the potential, however, and perservered: now Madagascar has a significantly improved infrastructure and a good range of high quality hotels, island resorts and forest lodges. And of course, its amazing, unique wildlife.

Wildlife tourism has become one of the major sources of foreign income for Madagascar: by visiting Madagascar, you contribute directly to the conservation of its precious remaining forests with their unique wildlife, and the welfare of its people, who are among the poorest yet friendliest in the world. Your contribution enables hiring of park rangers, who guard the precious reserves from encroachment by illegal loggers, slash-and-burn farmers and bush hunters. Fees paid to local guides percolate down through the poor communities near the parks. Isolated lodges and resorts fund local schools and clinics. It all adds up.

Madagascar has come a long way since we began organising tailor-made and group tours there in 1992. Back then our groups were led by Hilary Bradt (Bradt Travel Guides founder and author of the first guide to Madagascar) but our clients endured poor accommodation and infrastructure (the wildlife made up for it, though). Things have improved considerably: many good hotels and resorts have opened; the roads and vehicles are better; the parks have upgraded their accommodation; and the food is even more delicious. Come with us to Madagascar and you will see in the best possible way what makes the Big Red Island so special.

Madagascar Wildlife Holiday Ideas

# Group Tour

The Great Madagascar Tsingy and Wildlife Adventure

Madagascar
14 Days from £3581
Led by one of Madagascar’s best local guides, our new small group tour is for ...
# Group Tour

A magical journey through Madagascar with Quentin Bloxam

Madagascar
18 Days from £5170
An overland journey through Madagascar of exceptional variety....
# Group Tour

THE AYE AYE AND I

Madagascar
14 Days from £5,450
An adventure in search of aye aye in the untouched and wildlife rich Masoala reg...
# Family Holiday

Madagascar for Luxury Loving Families

Madagascar
11 Days from £3625
A luxury Madagascar family holiday with plenty of lemurs, chameleons and other w...
# Family Holiday

Family Friendly Fun in Madagascar

Madagascar
14 Days from £4120
A carefully designed to appeal to cost-conscious families wishing to experience ...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Marvellous Madagascar in Romantic Luxury

Madagascar
16 Days from £6349
An extra-special itinerary for honeymoons and romantic holidays, carefully craft...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Madagascar for the Active and Adventurous

Madagascar
14 Days from £4245
This adventure will reveal the hidden charms of a Madagascar that few are lucky ...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Best of Northern Madagascar and Perinet

Madagascar
14 Days from £4032
An ideal trip for those wishing to travel in a good degree of comfort at a gentl...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Simply Madagascar on a Budget

Madagascar
14 Days from £3725
Despite its low price tag, this itinerary does not shirk from showing off a good...
# Tailor-Made Tour

Best of Natural Madagascar

Madagascar
12 Days from £4078
A breath-taking natural history programme featuring exceptional wildlife and rem...

Featured Accommodation

Tamboho Hotel

Madagascar
Comfortable hotel set in landscaped gardens and opposite the Tana Waterfront sho...

Palissandre Cote Ouest

Madagascar
An excellent beachside resort in Morondava featuring beautifully designed bungal...

Isalo Rock Lodge

Madagascar
Southern Madagascar

Relais de la Reine

Madagascar
Southern Madagascar
An exquisite hotel in a stunning location with outstanding service, delicious fo...

Feon Ny Ala

Madagascar
Eastern Madagascar
A simple but comfortable hotel close to Perinet Reserve where indri can often be...

Constance Tsarabanjina

Madagascar
Northern Madagascar
Luxury boutique resort set within 22 hectares of naturally wooded hillocks edged...

Destination Map

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Madagascar: -18.766947, 46.869107

Best Time To Visit Madagascar

Travel between the end of April and end of November is preferable to avoid the wet season, with April/May and October/November being best for animal activity. Notwithstanding some geographical variations, June to September normally offers dry, cooler weather. From September to November, many bird species are displaying, nesting and in breeding plumage, and baby lemurs can be seen clinging to their mothers. Try to avoid late December to early April – wet season.

Travel Info

Flight Time
11 Hours

Time Zone
GMT +2

Best visited
May to November

Language Spoken
Malagasy & French

Population
22.92 Million

Area Specialist

Ian Loyd
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There is one main bugbear when travelling to Madagascar – Air Madagascar. It frequently changes its domestic flight schedules in a seemingly random way, playing havoc with painstakingly designed itineraries. The good news is that we are so experienced in sorting out the ensuing problems that most tours still run smoothly : if not quite the same, then as near as possible to the original. It takes years to “know” Madagascar, and you can be 100% sure that we do.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Madagascar please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965

Quality of wildlife: Excellent. We saw everything we wished for and more. All guides were excellent. English excellent, very comprehensive knowledge. [Our escort guide] in particular was superb with an encyclopaedic knowledge.

Mr D M - South Petherton